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What's the Deal With Paid Surveys

Aug 4, 2008
The paid surveys that you see online and that you can get paid for too are created by major corporations to get a feeling for how their customers perceive their products. They are typically short and consist of easy questions. Online paid surveys usually last from 5 to 30 minutes and longer surveys are usually better paying. Survey companies pay prizes, points and good old cash.

The ones that pay you are the market research companies. These are the ones who create the surveys and send them out via email to their survey panelists like you and me. Some survey sites send just a few surveys per week and some send multiple surveys per day. Each survey you complete will get you paid, sometimes a little and sometimes a lot, it really depends on the subject matter and your qualifications to take various surveys. You get paid either by check mailed to your home or sometimes by PayPal. Payments can be made every month or for some companies when you meet a minimum payment amount.

I'm sure you've seen the ads claiming you can make huge amounts of money with paid surveys. Some sites claim you'll make over $100 an hour! This isn't really accurate. On average you'll get paid anywhere from $2 to $10 per survey and when you begin as a survey taker you might only get several surveys a week at best.

If you want to increase the number of surveys you get there are a few things you can do. The easiest thing is to sign up with many different survey panels. Also, you'll start to get more surveys as you build up a history with the survey site and they know you're reliable. Finally, you should make a point to complete the profile page at each survey site your register for. This ensures that the survey company can match you with the proper surveys.

To find survey sites you could do a web search, but this is likely to return millions of results. Many of these are survey database sites that offer you a list of paying survey sites for a small fee. You can use these sites if you don't mind paying a little bit, but the quality varies greatly.

If you're lucky you'll come across a site that lists all the survey companies for free, no cash or even email address required. They're out there and you can feel lucky if you find one.

So, despite the claims you may have seen, you won't get rich just by completing surveys online. It can be a great way to supplement your income though and paid surveys are really easy to do. If you can find a site that gives you access to free paid online surveys then go for it. And good luck to you!
About the Author
The author is a paid surveys expert and has been taking paid surveys and instructing others how to get paid for surveys for over a year. To learn how you can get paid for doing surveys visit his paid survey site which has links to over 300 paid survey companies available for free.
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